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Sunrise Visitor Center

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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Phone Number: 3605696575
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Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.

Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.

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My favorite side of the mountain

Not as many people come to this side as the Paradise area, much in part to limited services and harder to get to. That shouldn't stop you if you love to hike and backpack. This... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not as many people come to this side as the Paradise area, much in part to limited services and harder to get to. That shouldn't stop you if you love to hike and backpack. This area has many starting points to see spectacular meadows, animals and of course grand vistas of Rainier and the surrounding Tatoosh Range. During the summer... More 

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Fremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sunrise point is possibly the best point to watch the majestic Mount Rainier. There's a visitor center, ranger station and of course ample parking spaces. If the weather is good, you can see the eastern side of Mount Rainier. The beautiful Emmons glacier! There are many easy to moderate hiking trails. It's a must visit point if you are visiting... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent the entire day traveling up and around Mt. Rainier Park and Sunrise Visitor Center was our last stop of the day. At 6400 feet, it is high up to the top. The road up to the center is not horrible, but not for those who are afraid of heights. Once at the top, it is less scary as... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are two parts of this review. The first is THE AREA. It is beautiful. It is much less crowded than the Paradise side. Also there are trails for different levels of hiking. We enjoy the Silver Forest trail mainly because it has great views of the mountain and is relatively level. The second part is the snack bar and... More 

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Edmonds, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked over to the Visitor Center during our stay at Paradise Inn. Aside from a 20-minute movie about Mount Rainier and a small diorama there is little to see. It’s the gift shop that takes up an inordinate amount of the center’s space and is always packed with people passing the time and serious shoppers. The rangers staffing the... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quick visit and enjoyable hike around the nature trail while touring around Mt Rainier, just missed out on seeing a black bear.

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New Castle, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The view of the mountain was nice from here. The food was ok. Not the best, but good when you are hungry! Parking was full, so needed to do a few passes before we could park.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such an amazing place! There's a hike here for everyone. My family chose one of the more strenuous ones; we hiked the Sunrise Trail together to Frozen Lake, where we had lunch, and were joined by lots of others, including families with small children, several begging squirrels and some flies, then up to the Second Burroughs. Amazing views of Rainier!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staying at Alta Crystal we took a drive up to Sunrise one morning early (so as to get parking) - at about 9:30am there was plenty of parking but by 11:30am it was packed. The trails were also progressively busier as the morning went on. The entry fee for the park is 25 dollars and we felt it was well... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food establishment was out of hamburgers, their cooler was in desperate need of restocking, and the ice cream cone was handed lopsided and only about 2 inches of ice cream on top. The entrance to the gift shop looked like a side entrance to a back storage room and needed updating.

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